41. Bach: 1st Cello Suite
[…] sitting in this old chair, listening to Bach,
the music splashes across me, refreshing, delightful.
I need it, tonight I feel like a man
who has come back from the same old war,
death in life,
Bach saves me, momentarily.
so often I hear my father laughing,
the dead laughter of the father who seldom laughed in life
is laughing now.
then I hear him speak: “You haven’t escaped me.
I appear in new forms and work at you through them.
I’m going to make sure that hell never stops for you.”
then Bach is back.
Bach couldn’t you have been my father?
nonetheless, you make my hell bearable.
I have come back from suicide, the park bench,
it was a good fight.
Excerpt from Bach, Come Back by Charles Bukowski
The story of Bach’s Cello Suites reads like a Carlos Ruiz Zafón novel. As a 13-year old kid, Casals discovered the lost sheet music in a thrift shop in Barcelona. He bought them and spend 47 years mastering them all.
Through his popular recordings at age 60, Casals is forever linked to one of the best composers of all time. Well played Pablo, well played…